Mission police chase ends in serious wreck

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POSTED: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 5:11pm

UPDATED: Friday, August 30, 2013 - 11:50am

Several people are recovering from injuries after a truck slammed into a car while trying to flee authorities last night.

What started out as a police chase involving an alleged drunk driver ended in a serious wreck off Mile 7 and Inspiration Road at approximately 10 p.m. last night.  Police say 15 people were in the suspect's truck when the driver ran a stop sign and collided with another vehicle.

"At this point we know that seven are in the custody of U.S. Border Patrol and seven are in area hospitals getting medical attention, " said Robert Dominguez, Interim Chief of Police for Mission P.D.

The most serious injury from the collision required a person being airlifted with a broken ankle.  There was no indication that so many people were occupying the pick up truck, which might have changed the outcome of the police chase.

"If the officer had had any indication that there were human beings in the bed of that pick up truck, our pursuit policy is basically that you stop the pursuit and you terminate it right there and then," said Dominguez.

The officer pursuing the alleged drunk driver arrived at the scene less than a minute after the collision here, giving the driver just enough time to escape and flee on foot.  Police did search the area with a canine unit, but were unable to locate the male suspect.

Dominguez says they don't have much information on the driver.

"The driver is obviously still at large, the only description we have so far--a tall individual in his early twenties, wearing a black cap, black shirt, black pants."

Given the amount of people involved in the crash, the result could have been much worse.

"There were no fatalities that had come out of it, so that's a good thing," Dominguez stated.  "However, people still get hurt, you know, and that's a situation that we find is difficult for all of us."

Mission P.D. is working with the Texas Department of Public Safety and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to find the missing suspect.

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